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Blank as a Flank by kefkafloyd Blank as a Flank by kefkafloyd
So you ride yourselves over the fields,
and you make your animal deals...
And your wise stallions don't know how it feels
To be blank as a flank.


Thick as a Brick was written by Ian Anderson as a response to critics' declaration of their last album, Aqualung, as a concept album. Anderson always felt that Aqualung was not a cohesive concept, just a normal song collection. Like most artists, when he was challenged he threw down the gauntlet, saying "If they want a concept album, by God we'll give them one." The result is one of the best sendups of the entire idea of progressive rock concept albums.

Thick as a Brick had two gimmicks - one, the whole album was one forty-four minute long song. Two, the cover kept in the spirit of a concept, putting forth the idea that a young boy wrote the lyrics to Thick as a Brick. While I'm not about to pull a Weird Al and do a complete parody of the song, I'm more than capable of doing a sendup of the album cover itself in the style of ponies.

The particular version I used is the version of the album I own, which is the first CD issuing. The Deluxe CD Remaster is slightly different, and the original LP is even more different, as it has a fold-out bottom to make the appearance of a broadsheet newspaper. Royston Eldrige put together most of the original album cover, though all the members of Tull provided content for the faux newspaper.
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altereggo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Well-done newspaper mockups area always fun to read. Imitating a medium really helps immersion, don't you think?
Do you use InDesign for work like this? I've been doing similar stuff in Illustrator rather than learn yet *another* adobe product, but the poor text alignment options are such a pain to work with.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
This was all done in Illustrator because it was just a single page, though if I was doing a real project I would use InDesign, yes.
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
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So Let's Bungle In the Jungle!
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
"...Apple Bloom, WHAT is that NOISE?"

"It's his new one...'Heavy Horses...'"

"Gimme that lyric sheet...'Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seed?' Oh fer th' love o'--child, you are TOO YOUNG to be listenin' to THIS KIND OF MUSIC!..."
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mst95 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Really don't mind if you sit this one out...
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skewedl0gic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh. It has finally happened.
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wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is such an intriguing concept. I love stuff like this.
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InCrashMaster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This.
Is.
AMAZING.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :V Glad you liked it.
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MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was listening to the album the other night and I remember seeing this a few months back. This is one of the best parodies I've ever seen. I'm just getting inter Jethro Tull and so far I am loving it; I have a massive obsession with progressive rock. Great job and great pun!
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Tull and Ponies go so well together!
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MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Believe it or not, I was looking at the album cover and apparently Jethro Tull were signed by Chrysalis records!
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Now that's an Interesting Fact!™
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penguindf12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Seriously, this is probably my favorite thing of all time. "Thick as a Brick" is one of my favorite albums of all time. Are you into early Genesis? I have an old drawing based on "The Lamb" on my page.

And I've been doing pony art recently kinda inspired by Devo (not a progressive act really, but one of my favorite bands)
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am a fan of many things classic, and yes, I like Peter Gabriel Genesis. :V
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:iconpenguindf12:
penguindf12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Righteous
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RiddlerSphinx Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Canterlot cronicles!
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Scoota-spin!
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Ranulf01 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
You have no idea how absolutely pleased as punch this makes me.

No. Bucking. Idead. :D
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:iconranulf01:
Ranulf01 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Derp keyboard, *idea.
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AndytheB-Artist Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist
How can they play their instruments? They have hooves instead of hands. Do they just use their heads?
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
A person can play a bow stringed instrument with stumps if they're good enough...

The show tries not to use hooves instead of hands but for playing music they seem to do okay with it I guess. :V

Also, unicorns can use magic to play instruments.
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lolimaguy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Jethro Tull!? PONIES!?!? mother of god... there are no words to describe the pure epicness on this page.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Old Pinkie's stole the handle, and the train won't stop going, no way to slow down.
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GabeAteEP3 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
OH GOD.
I JUST WANT TO HIGH FIVE YOU THROUGH THE INTERNET.
YOU ARE A GOD.
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FlavinBagel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
When I saw this I was aghast. I love this album so much and saw them do the song live at Red Rocks earlier this summer... God, that was a treat. There should just be ponies infused with everything I love! :D
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you liked it. I always get a little grin when people comment on this piece. Tull is definitely not mainstream these days, so when people get something like this it just warms my heart.
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920speed Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
YES! YES! U just got 20% cooler not just for knowing Jethro Tull, but for mixing it with ponies. so that would be 40% cooler
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8DemensionStudios Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Holy balls, I can't believe somebody actually knows Tull, even to the point of making a reference like this. I Think you may be my hero forever. Now if somebody would make a Genesis cover.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've always been a huge fan of Tull. I think the crossover between Pony fans and Tull fans is probably pretty small, so anyone who gets it probably appreciates it very much. :)
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iduntlikedeviantart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Hardcore mang
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Ballisticfury Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Yadda yadda yadda....where are the funnies?
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fpgilmore Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Epic cover art!

What makes this so timely is that Ian Anderson has announced he's going to do a limited tour in 2012 performing the entire Think as a Brick album for the first time since the 1970's!

For all the details about what this is going to be like, check Ian's official band website. [link]
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Kopachris Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this is probably the most epic pony picture I've ever seen. I absolutely love "Thick as a Brick," and this spoof is spot-on.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it! It's not as popular as Breakfast in Equestria, but I keep running across pony fans who enjoy Jethro Tull.

Some day, we'll do Aqualung.
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Kopachris Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, I'd ask you do do A Passion Play as well, but that album cover doesn't really lend itself well to being ponified.
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Kopachris Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now, do you have one for "Heavy Horses" yet?
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ramimentas Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
This is pretty much my favorite alumb cover of mine (I even have it on a T-Shirt somewhere) so that combined with my newest fandom is absolute bliss. Though now...I'm tempted to take up the mantle and attempt to ponify it...
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So much awesomeness in one satirical pic! Great job!
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Skin-Bot-Ivander Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Want to make an awesome album even more spectacular?
Add ponies!
MLPFIM + Jethro Tull = Catastophicly brilliant.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Some day we'll try Aqualung!
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Skin-Bot-Ivander Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahah!
You are a genius, my friend
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CircaMaxima Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Would you mind if I wanted to experiment with the layout of this piece? It's not to imply that there is anything wrong.
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:iconkefkafloyd:
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I would look up the original Thick as a Brick and go from there.
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EmeraldPage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Just read...

Every ...

Single...

Word...

...And liked it.
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Davey-the-6th-moon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Writer
A very professional job as per usual.
I tip my hat to you good sir!
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Wabefuhon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
This looks legit.
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:iconsorden:
Sorden Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
I didn't even know about Thick as a Brick, and yet this article made my day.
*prays to google for knowledge about bricks*
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:iconsorden:
Sorden Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Ok, I like this piece even more now.
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kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love how the timestamp for this is exactly forty four minutes away from the original comment.
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McGack Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
I like this :) bravo :clap:
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